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Editor's note: Robert Bruss is temporarily away. The following column from Bruss' "Best of" collection first appeared Sunday, July 2, 2006. Just in time for the peak summer season for buying and selling vacation cottages, Douglas Hunter wrote the ultra-complete "The Cottage Ownership Guide." When I first spotted this well-designed book in a major bookstore, I thought perhaps it was about architectural styles of small homes. Wrong. Instead, it explains virtually every aspect of buying, owning and selling summer waterfront cottages. Never having owned a summer home, but having enjoyed many visits to cottages owned by friends and relatives, until studying this book I didn't realize all the possible pitfalls buyers can encounter unless they understand the major considerations...